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Redefining Global Education

Words like multiculturalism, diversity, globalization have probably lost some of their thrust as selling points, and rightly so – over the last few decades, higher education institutes have tried to flaunt their proximity to these ideals as best they could.  At New York University, these are not and have never been just buzzwords, but principles so central to the mission of the University that students may not even notice how much use they make of them.

In the heart of the most ethnically varied city in the country, and arguably the world, NYU’s classrooms often mirror the energizing diversity found on the street.  Our main campus attracts applicants from every corner of the globe, and likewise faculty, who hail from X different nations.  Diversity is more than a statistic here, and the wealth of resources available to promote diversity and to acclimate international students and scholars, coupled with the multicultural events offered throughout the year, show that NYU is committed to fostering an ever stronger multiculturalism in both faculty and students while ensuring at the same time that no single gender, nationality, race, religion, or lifestyle has a monopoly on intellect or talent.

But how does multiculturalism flourish when it is bound within one culture, even if that culture is as wonderfully heterogeneous as New York?  Within the classroom walls, a global experience is only partially possible – unless those classroom walls can reach from Shanghai to Berlin.  NYU’s unparalleled international presence offers students a unique opportunity to conduct their studies where they are most relevant:  read Italian poetry in the birthplace of the Renaissance, get an MBA in one of the most robust economies in the world, compose music among the ghosts of Dvořák and Smetana.

Spanning six continents, New York University operates ten fully functional academic sites, most equipped for graduate study; fifteen more are open on seasonal and conditional basis.  NYU is also developing a campus in Abu Dhabi, which will offer students a seamless transference of NYU’s academic and financial resources.  Beyond these, NYU holds agreements with scores of universities and research institutes throughout the world:  for example, the Stockholm School of Economics and the HEC School of Management in Paris. 

As a graduate and a professional student, you will want to factor your time abroad into your academic timelines very carefully, scheduling around teaching, exams, and other requirements that would need to be completed in New York, but don’t let this be an obstacle.  Our sites offer many courses and fieldwork opportunities that satisfy departmental obligations, and agreements with local libraries and archives will provide invaluable, often unimaginable supplements to your research.

Of American universities NYU annually hosts the highest number of students abroad, a statistic we are very pleased to repeat.  But more important is the quality of our international education, and we feel we are equally distinguished in this category.  Discover more through our study abroad office or summer study abroad office.


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